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(19 April 2014)  My name is Tim Bondy and the owner of this website.  As of Jan 1st, 2014 we moved to a different domain.  Please head over to the Bondy Blogs Website at http://bondyblogs.com  Different address, different system but same type of great articles, photos, stories and information. 

 
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South Fork of The Boise River Pictures

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(April 19th, 2012) It was a rather nice day and I hadn't been down to the South Fork of the Boise River for a while so Addie and I headed down there. With the “No Fishing” season in effect along this section of the river, I figured there would be no Fish and Game folks or even campers to bother us.

Idaho Plott Hound looking for trout in the Boise River

While I knew I couldn't legally fish, I decided to let my talented Plott Hound “Addie” have a go at all those trout in the South Fork. As it turned out, Addie cannot swim and only ventured into the river a few times on this walk. And considering she cannot get within 10 feet of birds in the brush, the South Fork Trout will be safe (likely forever).

What the Heck Are These Plants
Looks like wild Idaho asparagus

While walking along the South Fork of the Boise River Road, I spotted these plants. They seem to only grow in a very moist/wet environment but look like something more suitable to the jungles of South America.

In reality, I got kind of excited when I saw them as I thought they were “wild asparagus”. But after further examination I decided against the human edible delights and started thinking more towards the “bamboo” family of plants.

What's your guess?


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Last Updated on Saturday, 28 April 2012 17:38

North Fork of Boise River Bridge Vehicle Restriction

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Barber Flats Bridge in Idaho

The bridge across the North Fork of the Boise River at Barber Flats has new restrictions on what types of vehicles can cross it. The Boise National Forest issued the restriction order on April 27, 2012. The date when the bridge will be repaired has yet to be determined.

Barber Flats Bridge Restriction Information

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Comments
Hope this information is useful to a few people out there. I'd hate to get all the way out to the Middle Fork only to discover I couldn't drive my truck over the Barber Flats Bridge and along the North Fork of the Boise River. Leave a comment if you wish.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 03 May 2012 14:23

Bennett Mountain Hosts the Supermoon

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photo of the Idaho Supermoon over Bennett Mountain
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(May 5th, 2012) The supermoon event of the year was held by the heavens over Idaho last night. I captured the event as it was heading west over Bennett Mountain at 10:20PM. This picture was taken at latitude/longitude 43.279192, -115.532426 on the Prairie Cut-Off- Road.

The moon was actually bright enough that I could semi-easily hike through the sagebrush steppe. If I was thinking, I would have brought my fishing pole and tried my luck in Long Tom Reservoir. Ooops.


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Last Updated on Sunday, 06 May 2012 07:45

Views From the Fall Harvest Fest 2013

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Mt Home Harvest Festival

Mountain Home, Idaho celebrates the end of the harvest season with an annual festival every October. The 17th Annual Fall Harvest Festival was held on October 5th, 2013. The BondyWeb.Com went to it and this my review.
 
The Great, the Bad and the Ugly Harvest
I parked in downtown Mountain Home around 12:15PM or about 2 hours after the Harvest Festival kicked-off. The crowds didn't appear to be as big as last year but what would they expect without any true local promotion on the internet?
 
My 1st stop was the new fly fishing shop in town called Off The Hook Fly Fishing. Always fun to stop in to get some tips on where the trout are biting. I wasn't disappointed but will let you stop in this shop to get the latest info. No really, do it!
Address: 310 E 2nd N St, Mountain Home, ID 83647
 
Musicians from Harvest Festival

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I walked all the streets where booths and vendors were set up. Maybe it was the cool weather or maybe no one knew about the 2013 Harvest Festival but there were very few booths and vendors this year. Really disappointing for me as I enjoy all these entrepreneurs selling their stuff.

 
There were a few new and memorable booths but for the most part, the vendors were either the same as last year or the usual "farmers market" vendors. I was asked a number of times if I knew where the Dinner with a Farmer and scarecrow contest was located. I didn't and neither did most people. Never a good sign when "the crowd" cannot find events in our downtown area.
 
Food For "Scarce-Crows?
Food is one of those things people look forward to when going to any festival but when it's a "harvest festival", I envision foods of all kinds, especially with a local flavor. But that wasn't the case at this festival...Food vendors were scarce. Obviously not the organizers fault but you'd think local restaurants would make an strong showing. And where was that "Dinner for a Farmer" event anyway?
 
Cacicia’s Old World Sicilian Food Truck
 
The highlight of the day was my second food truck experience ever. The first food truck I ever ate at was a mobile taco stand in downtown Boston, MA back in 2007 and it was excellent. With the lack of food vendors at the 2013 Mountain Home Harvest Festival, I decided to splurge and eat at Cacicia's (Kah-She-Shuhs) Old World Sicilian Food Truck that was here for the event. (http://www.cacicias.com/) I had their Festival Special Called "Blu Cheese Philly Steak Sandwich". It was tasty but a little more Philly steak would have made it worth the $8.50 price tag.
 
Been Here Before and Reviewed It Before
I complained the City of Mountain Home didn't promote the October 5th 2013 Fall Harvest Festival in my previous post. So I decided someone should care enough to review this event...an event I reviewed back in 2010 at this link:
http://bondyweb.com/idaho-business-news/51-local-business/367-fall-harvest-festival-mountain-home-idaho-style
 
Chamber of Commerce Fails Too
 
Chamber of Commerce Mountain Home Idaho
 
The Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2013 Fall Harvest Festival and their local on-line promotion was almost as underwhelming as that found on the city website. F.A.I.L
 
The Scorecard - 5 Stars or Worse
Festival Food: 1 Star
Festival Entertainment: 4 Stars
Festival Booths or Vendors: 2 Stars
Overall 2013 Harvest Festival Rating: 2 Stars
 
 
Thanks for reading and come back soon.
 
 
 
Tim Bondy / BondyWeb.Com
 
 
Last Updated on Sunday, 06 October 2013 10:22

And Then There Were 3 Candidates

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The Annual Mountain Home, Idaho Election Political Forum hosted by the Chamber of Commerce was held on Wednesday October 9th, 2013.  And there are only 3 candidates for our local election for the 2 seats on the Mountain Home City Council.  They are:
-  Alain Isaac
-  Geoff Schroeder
-  Rick Urquidi

I was there and wanted to pass on some observations from this event.  So here goes...

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1.  Not many people attended this event telling me the folks in Mountain Home are so darn knowledgeable about these 3 candidates for City Council they don't even have to hear from them.  But for me, this forum actually gave me the information to make a very hard choice on who I will likely vote for in this local election.  

 

2.  None of the candidates have a written nor formal verbal platform.  Or as they all said, “they don't have an agenda”.  No platform? No agenda? Hell, that usually means no votes from an educated electorate.

Seriously, the people who are going to be discussing and deciding where your tax dollars are headed and shape plans for the future of our City and they have no plans?  Winging it isn't usually a good idea and this issue concerns me greatly.  

 

3.  Only one candidate mentioned the “C” word.  Of course it was the only woman candidate that had the guts to blurt out the word “Communication”.  Look out Alain Isaac, the people may show up at your house with hot tar and feathers, you heretic, you. :-)  You got my vote for using the “C” word, Alain.

 

4.  The phrase “Quality of Life” was uttered many times during this forum.  It was used to explain why our property taxes are higher than in Boise.  Heck, if the Simplot nightmare scenario unfolds as a citizens told the story during this event, we will have Quality of Life and it will be all bad.  But only for those of us who have a nose or drink water.  Maybe a platform and a plan for the future really is important.

 

5  Economic Development was another buzz word.  Just what are the economic development plans for the City of Mountain Home?  Have these plans been “communicated” to the people?  Maybe the City could go out and actively recruit a sister industry to match our Elmore County plans of bringing in a slaughterhouse?

 

6.  Water.  While we are discussing economic development, no platform and quality of life we might as well throw unicorns and water into the mix.  Did I actually hear someone say our Mayor projects we have only 20 years left before our underground drinking water supplies runs out?  I think I heard that but someone will correct me if I am mistaken, I'm sure.

-  Anyone who doesn't thinks there is anything more important than water to this community should round up that herd of unicorns that drank all the water in the Mountain Home Reservoir this summer.

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This political forum was highly informative and educational.  It is my hope that any likely voters who deliberately decided not to attend this event will do the right thing and stay out of the voting booth this November 5th, 2013.


This is my Life Off Interstate 84 in Mountain Home, Idaho


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Last Updated on Thursday, 10 October 2013 09:31

Mountain Home Mystery Business

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 Mountai Home Idaho Beauty huh

The photo above was taken on October 15th, 2013. However, I can assure you, only the orientation of those Adirondack Chairs have changes in the last 13 months. Yes, that is the front entrance to this business. And, yes this business is still open and customers walk into that door each day it is open.

Hint
The City of Mountain Home posted this story about the mystery business.

"Beautification Grant
October 15, 2013 by jmcdaniel Leave a Comment
Chase Bank is giving away 13 $250,000 beautification grants to local businesses across the nation. The winners are decided by how many Facebook votes they get so if you have Facebook please click on the link below and vote! They have to have a minimum of 250 votes to qualify and we have 3 local business competing. Lane's Appliance, XXXXXXX XXXXX and Mountain Home Eye Care. You can vote for any or all of them but only one time each. Please help one of our local businesses win this!

https://www.missionmainstreetgrants.com/"

Can you guess where in Mountain Home, Idaho this photo was taken and what business it is?

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 20:09

Hike the North Bank of Long Tom Creek

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The idea of hiking along the north bank of Long Tom Creek where it dumps into the Reservoir has fascinated me for a few years now.  And with a strong cold front moving through this area, I decided I needed to stay close to Mountain Home, not stray too far off the beaten path but explore a new place.  The area north of Long Tom Reservoir was the perfect location for a hike.

Stay High and Dry
Being a very dry year, Long Tom Creek is probably at historic lows and the size of the reservoir probably wasn't anywhere near normal either.  I figured hiking the ridge-line north of the creek would give me a good vantage point to check out the surrounding scenery.  It did.



The cold front was obviously moving in rapidly as dark, gray and steadily lowering clouds moved in from the west.  I knew it wouldn't be long before it started to rain.  The only question was how hard and how long would it rain.  The rain started just as I reached the ridge-line above Willowdale Creek that dumps into the northern side of the reservoir.  This would be my turn back point.

The Apocalypse Landscape
Plain and simple, the area around Long Tom Reservoir got burned pretty badly during the August 2013 Elk Complex Wildfire.  And my path took me straight through the burn scar and this wasn't something I had thought about until I hopped across Long Tom Creek at the beginning of this exploration hike. 




I knew this area wasn't a rock hounding spot so scenery, the exercise and exploration were the only reasons to be out here.  Unfortunately for me and the land, there were places on this hike I felt a Hollywood crew could film a realistic type apocalyptic, end of the world as we know movie without any problems.  The fire burned off a vast majority of the sagebrush leaving near bare ground.  It was just plain ugly and empty in these places.

Low, Sandy, Easy and Wet
When the rain started, I had a few choices.  I could head north, get on the dirt road and head back.  I could head back along the ridge-line I just walked.  Or I could take the easy way back to the car along the now dry Long Tom Creek-bed.

I headed down to the creek bed and headed due east.  This was some easy hiking on the sandy shores of Long Tom Reservoir and Long Tom Creek.  The rain continued for the entire hike back.  Fortunately for me, the rain was relatively light.

It was kind of cool seeing the river bottom I fished back in April 2012.  You can read the story at http://bondyweb.com/mountain-home-outdoors/53-elmore-county-outdoors/530-early-season-fishing-at-long-tom-reservoir 

The Adventure Scorecard - 5 Stars or Worse
  • Remoteness:  3 Stars - I doubt many people venture out here.
  • Beauty:  2 Stars
  • Cleanliness of Our Lands:  1 Stars for the copious amounts of burned cow patties and scorched landscape. 
  • Rock Hounding:  Not Calculated
  • Wildlife:  1 Star - Only saw a few birds and very little sign of any big game in this area.  Weird
  • Overall Score:  2 Stars  
 
Links
View a map of the area at:  http://www.acme.com/mapper/?ll=43.29782,-115.56879&z=14&t=T

View some more photos at:  https://picasaweb.google.com/112532322025941965882/20131102?authuser=0&feat=directlink 
(may not be accessible to everyone at all times...sorry)


This is my Life Off Interstate 84 in Mountain Home, Idaho




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